Waterworks Museum

Waterworks Museum Architecture, Engineering, Public Health, Social History - it's all here at the Waterworks Museum!
The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history and public health.
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Ever wonder where your water comes from? Before you say “from the tap,” think again. It had to get to the tap from somewhere. But where? And how? That’s where we come in. The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is located in the Chestnut Hill High Pumping Station on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The original station was built in 1887, and added on to in 1897. The three pumping engines housed within the museum operated every day until the late 1970s, when Boston's primary water supply became the Quabbin Reservoir. A unique intersection of architecture, engineering, public health, and social history, the Waterworks Museum is a hidden gem of the Boston museum community, interpreting the stories of one of the first metropolitan water systems in the United States.

#TBT -The Effluent Gatehouse #2 was completed in 1900 and continues to sit across the street from the Waterworks Museum ...
06/18/2020

#TBT -The Effluent Gatehouse #2 was completed in 1900 and continues to sit across the street from the Waterworks Museum on the reservoir!
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06/18/2020
Answer for 6/17/2020 "What is it Wednesday"

Thanks everyone who participated in this weeks #WhatIsItWednesdays! One of our great volunteers, Steve Henderson provided us with the “What is it” answer. Watch the video to see if you were correct!
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On today’s #WhatIsItWednesday Can you guess what this object is? I will give you a hint: you will find this object on al...
06/17/2020

On today’s #WhatIsItWednesday Can you guess what this object is? I will give you a hint: you will find this object on all our steam engines!
----The answer will be revealed tomorrow by one of our Volunteers!
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The Waterworks Museum is committed to creating a cultural and educational space that is welcoming to all!  We want to wi...
06/17/2020

The Waterworks Museum is committed to creating a cultural and educational space that is welcoming to all! We want to wish everyone a happy #PrideMonth!
#Muspride #Pride #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA

Thursday is our first Preschool event  from our Preschool Summer Series! To learn more about this event head to https://...
06/16/2020

Thursday is our first Preschool event from our Preschool Summer Series! To learn more about this event head to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waterworks-museum-preschool-summer-series-sink-or-float-tickets-106134545282 This year, since the museum will not be able to open for visitors until at least the end of June, we will be running several sessions of our preschool series online through the Zoom platform.
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06/16/2020
Trapping Air Under Water

#TryItTuesday- Today’s STEM lesson and design challenge is about what happens when air gets trapped under water. Please share a picture or video of your creation with us - We would love to see what you have come up with!
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#FunFactFriday Looking at the image can you guess what the workers are doing? . . The workers are actually pulling up tr...
06/12/2020

#FunFactFriday
Looking at the image can you guess what the workers are doing?
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The workers are actually pulling up tree stumps, roots, and shrubs, this act is known as Grubbing. In order to create the Wachusett Reservoir at the turn of the 20th century, workers had to grub out almost seven square miles of land! Work like this was done manually with pickaxes and shovels. In the picture you can see the laborers working in the foreground, while the background shows where they already stripped the land and piled up materials to burn.
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#FunTimeFriday Today’s #FunTimeFriday coloring page is about keeping lakes clean! Feel free to share your artwork with u...
06/12/2020

#FunTimeFriday
Today’s #FunTimeFriday coloring page is about keeping lakes clean! Feel free to share your artwork with us! Enjoy!
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#Tbt - The stable and garage sat in between the Chestnut High Service Pumping Station and the Low Service Pumping Statio...
06/11/2020

#Tbt - The stable and garage sat in between the Chestnut High Service Pumping Station and the Low Service Pumping Station. The first image is of the stone stable that was built in 1880 for the horses and carriages that were used on the property. The second image is of the garage that was built in 1917. The garage was possibly part of a modernization effort, as the facility had started to acquire vehicles and the stables was too small to hold them. The garage sat adjacent to the stable and was unusual for its time because it was designed to match the stable in material and style. The stable was demolished and possibly burned down around 1969 and the garage was extended. The former garage has now been transformed into a home that holds 8 condos and the roof has been raised to add a second floor.
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06/10/2020

If you missed our past virtual tours or would like to catch the tour again, we are hosting two today and every Wednesday at 12:30pm EST and another at 6:30pm EST on Facebook Live. We hope to see you there!

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06/09/2020
Breaking Waters Surface Tension

#TryItTuesday-Breaking Water's Surface Tension
Today’s STEM lesson and design challenge is about the surface tension of water. Please share a picture or video of your creation with us - We would love to see what you have come up with!
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Today the Waterworks Museum wants to acknowledge #WorldOceansDay. According to the World Oceans Day organization “2020 W...
06/08/2020

Today the Waterworks Museum wants to acknowledge #WorldOceansDay.
According to the World Oceans Day organization “2020 World Oceans Day is dedicated to uniting conservation action to grow the global movement calling on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30x30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for all!”
If you want to learn more about the organization or how to help please head to https://worldoceansday.org/take-action/.
Together We Can #ProtectOurHome

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Two weeks ago, our #FunFactFriday post was about how coal was delivered to Chestnut Hill pumping stations on the Boston ...
06/05/2020

Two weeks ago, our #FunFactFriday post was about how coal was delivered to Chestnut Hill pumping stations on the Boston & Albany Railroad, the tracks for which are behind our building and currently used for the Green Line's "D" trains.
Due to the fact coal is a necessity to make the steam engines run, one can imagine there needs to be a lot of coal to keep the steam engines running in the Chestnut Hill High Service Pumping Station and Low Service Station 24/7. How much coal exactly could be held in both facilities? Chestnut Hill High Service Pumping Station had a coal storage capacity of 800 tons. Whereas the Low Service Pumping Station could store 1000 tons!
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We are all in this together and must stand together.#museumarenotneutral #standtogether
06/05/2020

We are all in this together and must stand together.
#museumarenotneutral #standtogether

Today’s #FunTimeFridays is a Help Save Water coloring page! Feel free to share your artwork with us! We would love to se...
06/05/2020

Today’s #FunTimeFridays is a Help Save Water coloring page! Feel free to share your artwork with us! We would love to see it. Enjoy!
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#TBT -The first image was a photograph that was taken after the completion of the archway and installation of the Allis ...
06/04/2020

#TBT -The first image was a photograph that was taken after the completion of the archway and installation of the Allis Engine in 1898. The second image is a photograph from today in the same location. Both pictures were taken from the top of the Leavitt Engine!! Looking at both images, do you think there has been any changes to the inside of the building in the past 122 years?
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#WaterworksWednesdays- It’s once again time for our Preschool Summer Series! This year, since the museum will not be abl...
06/03/2020

#WaterworksWednesdays- It’s once again time for our Preschool Summer Series! This year, since the museum will not be able to open for visitors until at least the end of June, we will be running several sessions of our preschool series online through the Zoom platform.

Given the virtual nature of these fun and hands-on educational STEM programs, participants will need to assemble some materials from home to fully experience each program. Check the description of the program before signing up to make sure you have everything you need! Your family can purchase a ticket for any session from Eventbrite for $4. Once you have purchased a ticket, you will be sent a link to access the session through Zoom and any materials that need to be printed at home.

To sign up for any of the programs please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-metropolitan-waterworks-museum-10840584596
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06/03/2020
Waterworks Museum

If you missed our past virtual tours or would like to catch the tour again, we are hosting two today and every Wednesday at 12:30pm EST and another at 6:30pm EST on Facebook Live. We hope to see you there!

#MetroWaterworks #MuseumFromHome #virtualtours

Architecture, Engineering, Public Health, Social History - it's all here at the Waterworks Museum!

06/02/2020
Salt and the Freezing Point of Water

#TryItTuesday
Today’s STEM lesson and design challenge is about one way to lower the freezing point of water. Please share a picture or video of your creation with us - We would love to see what you have come up with!

Reminder that at 12:30pm EST and now 6:30pm EST tomorrow, we will live stream tours of our virtual museum on Facebook live. Ask your guide questions at any time in the comments and they will be answered at the end of the tour.
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Happy Birthday George Corliss!George Corliss is considered the father of American Steam Engineering. Corliss' original 1...
06/02/2020

Happy Birthday George Corliss!
George Corliss is considered the father of American Steam Engineering. Corliss' original 1849 patent was the first to combine a wrist plate for operating 4 slide valves and a centrifugal governor to regulate motion of the steam engines. Corliss engines were generally about 30% more fuel efficient than conventional steam engines. This increased efficiency made steam power more economical than water power, allowing industrial development away from millponds. Our youngest and most efficient steam engine, the Worthington, was efficient due to these wrist plates. The third image below shows the plates. The plate in the middle would rock back and forth, opening and closing the intake and exhaust valves at each corner of the steam chest. The opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves helped control the flow of steam to and from the piston rod.
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Today's #StaffSaturdays spotlight is about Lydia Warters!Role: Museum Education Intern.Current Projects: I am working to...
05/30/2020

Today's #StaffSaturdays spotlight is about Lydia Warters!

Role: Museum Education Intern
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Current Projects: I am working to help create a new Environmental Science program for high school students. I’m currently doing some research to come up with fun, hands-on activities that will help connect the unique story of Boston Waterworks to some of the Environmental Science concepts students are learning in school.
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What are you watching/listening to: I’ve been enjoying listening to pretty much whatever is playing on my local community radio station and all the spring bird songs! I’ve mostly been watching the daily video updates my mom sends me of my family’s dogs, Laverne and Shirley.
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Today’s #FunFactFriday is in honor of #nationalbikemonth! Boston was a leading city in cycling. Boston was the first to ...
05/29/2020

Today’s #FunFactFriday is in honor of #nationalbikemonth! Boston was a leading city in cycling. Boston was the first to host the nation's first bike race, its first bike club, and first collegiate cycling team. The Chestnut Hill Reservoir was a popular location for the cycling craze in the 19th century. The first image is part 8 of a 9-part cyclist road map of Massachusetts made in 1893 by Div. L.A.W. by Wm. T. Oliver. The second image is a closeup look of where Chestnut Hill Reservoir falls on the bike route. The third picture was taken in 1890 and it shows three cyclists passing through the archway in an older model bike. Today, the area around the reservoir is still popular with cyclists!
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The Waterworks Museum is dedicated to providing fun and educational content that families and kids can do at home. Today...
05/29/2020

The Waterworks Museum is dedicated to providing fun and educational content that families and kids can do at home. Today’s #FunTimeFridays is a Color the Water on Earth worksheet! Enjoy!
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Today’s #TBT is about the massive Allis engine pumps that are in the museum’s basement. The first picture is of the pump...
05/28/2020

Today’s #TBT is about the massive Allis engine pumps that are in the museum’s basement. The first picture is of the pumps being installed. Notice the two men sitting on top of one of the pumps! The second photo shows a different angle of the pumps being installed. The third photo depicts what the pumps look like today! The six pumps stand roughly 18' tall, each around 8' in diameter. The entire pump equipment assembly takes up an area of 38' long by 22' wide. It is hard to imagine the size of these pumps and engines. Seeing them in person is truly the best way to admire the engineering and design. If you are interested in seeing these pumps, we host special tours throughout the year that allow visitors to explore the basement and even climb up on the machines. Keep a lookout on social media and our website for future special tours.
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Third photo courtesy of Medford Wellington Service Company and
Mark Stern Photography

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05/27/2020

Today, at 12:30pm EST and 6:30pm EST, we will be hosting another live stream tour of our virtual museum on Facebook Live. Ask your guide questions at any time in the comments and they will be answered at the end of the tour. We hope to see you there!💻😃
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05/26/2020
Balloon Rockets

#TryItTuesday
Today’s STEM lesson and design challenge is about air pressure and how it relates to Newton’s third law. Please share a picture or video of your creation with us - We would love to see what you have come up with!

Reminder that at 12:30pm EST and now 6:30pm EST tomorrow, we will live stream tours of our virtual museum on Facebook live. Ask your guide questions at any time in the comments and they will be answered at the end of the tour.
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Just wanted to give a big shout out to Eric and the rest of the staff, and absolutely fantastic volunteers that are holding this museum in it shighest place. By doing all that you do and your dedication is worthy of loud applause. Thank you so much for your commitment and caring. Stay safe and hopefully we we all be seeing each other soon.🧐
What a terrific place!! If you have not visited yet, put this on your calendar. Talk about huge! Very impressive what was going on here and what has been preserved. Knowledgeable staff, well curated. Even non-engineer folks have to be impressed. Great history lesson for adults. Even little kids will love this place---there are wrenches here bigger than they are! We'll be back and will bring our visitors as well.
Thank Again Waterworks Museum - Happy Halloween! Photography: designsHOBBYphotography.com
Is there a preschool waterworks event tomorrow on the holiday? Or there's a week off? We would definitely come tomorrow if there is one!
Hello! I lost a Toyota car key @ the Waterworks Museum on Thursday 2/21. The car was parked in the back parking lot, and was lost somewhere in the lot/during the walk to the museum entrance in the front, or inside of the museum. If anybody has come across this key, please text or call 508-243-0085. Apparently the cost of replacing a car key (only 1 we had) is an arm and a leg more expensive than initially expected!
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Really, an extraordinary museum to visit.